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The royals who are expected to attend the royal cremation of the late King of Thailand revealed

Several of the royal houses across the globe will send representatives to the royal cremation ceremony of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (or Rama IX).

It was confirmed earlier this month that Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium would attend the cremation ceremony on 26 October. It has since been confirmed by the Royal House of the Netherlands that Her Majesty Queen Máxima will attend; the Royal Court of Norway also confirmed the attendance of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon. The King and Queen of Bhutan are also expected.

The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg and Casa Real of Spain confirmed today that the Hereditary Grand Duke and Queen Sofía, respectively, would be in attendance.


The full list is below with those known attending:

Belgium: Queen Mathilde

Bhutan: King Jigme Khesar Namgyel and Queen Jetsun Pema

Denmark: Crown Prince Frederik

Japan: Prince and Princess Akishino

Lesotho: King Letsie and Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso

Liechtenstein: Princess Margaretha

Luxembourg: Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume

Malaysia: Sultan Nazrin Shah and Tuanku Zara Salim the Raja Permaisuri

The Netherlands: Queen Máxima

Norway: Crown Prince Haakon

Spain: Queen Sofía

Sweden: Queen Silvia

Tonga: King Tupou and Queen Nanasipau’u

United Kingdom: The Duke of York


No one from the Serbian Royal Family will be able to attend; however, Crown Prince Alexander released a statement to Royal Central about the late monarch:

“I met His Late Majesty King Bhumibol of Thailand only once, and that was decades ago at the wedding of King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie in Athens in 1964. Since then I have not had any contact with His Majesty. I was the only member of my family to ever meet His Late Majesty.

My family joins me in extending our condolences to the Thai Royal Family.”

At the moment, there is no word on whether or not there will be royal representatives from the Middle Eastern kingdoms.

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand died on 13 October 2016 at the age of 88 after many years of ill health. He had just celebrated 70 years on the throne earlier that year.

Preparations for the cremation have been in the works for months. His funeral pyre was completed last month ahead of this month’s ceremony.

The 88-year-old was the world’s longest reigning monarch before his death. He took the throne on 9 June 1946 after the murder of his brother, King Ananda Mahidol.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej was born on 5 December 1927 at Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusettes, USA. His father was studying at Harvard University at the time of his birth. King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the only monarch to be born in the United States. He married Queen Sirikit in 1950, and they had four children together: Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, and Princess Chulabhorn Walailak.

King Rama IX was succeeded by his second child and only son, the now King Maha Vajiralongkorn, or King Rama X.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.